N.Y. tempers boil over bill’s defeat

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July 31, 2010

By Andrew Miga-Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House’s rejection of bill that would have provided up to $7.4 billion in aid to people sickened by World Trade Center dust has opened a sharp rift between two New York congressmen, Republican Peter King and Democrat Anthony Weiner.

The verbal jousting came on the House floor Thursday night as the vote neared. The results fell largely along party lines, with 12 Republicans joining Democrats supporting the measure, but it failed to win the needed two-thirds majority.

Video of the heated dustup between the two New Yorkers quickly became an Internet sensation and fodder for cable news networks Friday.

Arms flailing and his voice rising, Weiner took sharp aim at King, who represents part of Long Island.

“The gentleman is providing cover for his colleagues rather than doing the right thing,” bellowed Weiner, whose district includes parts of Brooklyn and Queens. “Republicans wrapping their arms around Republicans rather than doing the right thing on behalf of heroes. It’s a shame, a shame.”

King, a key backer of the bill, had moments earlier accused Democrats of staging a “charade.”

The rift developed over how the bill was put before the chamber.

Democratic leaders opted to consider it under a procedure that requires a two-thirds vote for approval rather than a simple majority. The move blocked potential GOP amendments to the measure.

To read more, visit: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/jul/30/ny-tempers-boil-over-bills-defeat/

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